A big number of cyclists and scooter riders have been nabbed travelling along Melbourne’s Southbank Promenade during a police crackdown on speeding.
Although Southbank Promenade is designed to be used by bikes and scooters, it has also been deemed a dangerous spot for pedestrians now that foot traffic has returned to the city.
The speed limit on the promenade for both cyclists and scooter riders is 10km/h.
For a period of three weeks during peak times, local police patrolled the area using hand-held speed measuring devices.
Over 100 offences were identified during the crackdown.
A total of 45 people were charged on summons for riding a bicycle or scooter over 23km/h and 33 were fined for not wearing a helmet.
Nine were also issued infringements for operating an unregistered motor vehicle, which were eight scooters and one skateboard.
Seven people were also fined for using a mobile phone while riding a bike or scooter.
Those who have been charged on summons can be prosecuted with a maximum penalty of $1652.20.
The maximum power of a scooter must not exceed 200 watts and the maximum power of an electric bike must not exceed 250 watts.
Police also issued over 500 warnings to riders.
“We know the majority of people using the space are trying to do so safely, however there were a small amount of people blatantly doing the wrong thing who were penalised or now face charges to be heard at court,” Southbank Acting Senior Sergeant Brett Sidebottom said in a statement.
“Given the overwhelming and positive feedback we received as part of the operation we will continue to conduct regular patrols and activities in the area to ensure both pedestrians and cyclists remain safe.”